|“||"Sir, why aren’t the Landers sisters in this meeting?"||”|
Similar to KTMA's Deathflight SST and The Last Chase episodes, this feature is a dimly-lit made-for-TV movie filmed in the 70s. Our hero is an astronaut who gets lost and ends up on a mirror image Earth called "Terra" that is on the opposite side of the sun.
This planet is led by a single worldwide government that is vague and menacing. This government, called the "Perfect Order" keeps things orderly by means of strange radio broadcasts and "Ward E", a place where malcontents and other threats to the Perfect Order are lobotomized.
As Crow summarizes: It's the Fugitive meets Logan's Run.
- Originally a failed TV pilot called The Stranger , re-titled and released by Film Ventures International.
- Episode 312 Gamera vs. Guiron also featured the plot twist of a twin planet called Terra orbiting 180° opposite the Earth. The premise is flawed since the Earth's orbit is not a perfect circle. Any twin planet would appear in the sky at times during the year, and would have been observed after sunset by ancient astronomers.
- Though not explicitly mentioned in the film, Episode 519 Outlaw is also set on a planet orbiting opposite the Earth, though in this case the planet is named Gor.
- The opening credits' video contains footage from the movie Prisoners of the Lost Universe, which was later riffed by RiffTrax in 2012.
- Score composer Richard Markowitz did the music for The Magic Sword.
Prologue: Joel turns the Bots into a shooting gallery.
Segment Two: The Bots fight over their "Topper's TV Trading Cards".
Segment Three: Tom makes cookies, Crow has a nightmare, and they discuss Ward E.
Segment Four: Evil mastermind Joel and his hench-Bots plots to destroy all of television's famous detectives.
Segment Five: Joel and Crow try to sell Stranded in Space to movie mogul Tom, and the Mads ponder the similarities between mad science and show business.
Stinger: Stryker gets slapped.
- Joel explains the premise of the series, this time adding some details we’ve never heard before, nor will ever hear again. He says, "As you can tell by the opening the Mads made…" and also says the Mads "sell the results to cable TV."
- The MST3K version of the film, like Pod People before it, has credits with scenes from a completely unrelated movie. The closing credits were similarly redressed. The real opening credits take place with our hero's ship in space as a background, while the proper closing credits come up over a freeze-frame of Stryker on the beach where he winds up at the end of the movie.
- Bob King came in to do audio for this episode and only this episode.
- "Hi-keeba!" (Women of the Prehistoric Planet)
- "No!!!" (Cave Dwellers).
- "The most dramatic confrontation since Rommel met JC" (The Side Hackers)
- "That’s pretty good!" (The Side Hackers)
- In the ending segment, Tom says "letter latey."
- "Shrinky Dinks!"
- Shrinky Dinks were a Milton Bradley toy popular in the 70s and 80s.
- "Uh-oh, three on a transporter..."
- A popular superstition about "three on a match" holds that the third person to light his cigarette from the same lit match as two other people is destined for bad luck, or even death.
- "They're all poppies!"
- Tom is mimicking the voice of the Wicked Witch of the West from The Wizard of Oz, who used a field of poppies in an attempt to keep Dorothy and her companions from reaching the Emerald City.
- "God, you're ugly..."
- A slight re-working of a line from the TV sitcom Fawlty Towers. Basil Fawlty said this to a nurse after he suffered a head injury in the episode "The Germans".
- "He's got a Botany 500 ad to do."
- Botany 500 is a line of upscale menswear. They have sponsored several TV game shows, for which they also provided the hosts' wardrobe.
- In the film Mannequin (starring Kim Cattrall), the main character is a young man named Johnathan Switcher who works at a department store. His antics gain him the ire of the head of security, who would yell his last name in outrage.
- "Oh no, they killed Snuggles!"
- Snuggles is a cute plush toy bear that is the mascot for Snuggle brand fabric softener.
- "My name is Luka, I live on the second floor"
- A reference to the song Luka by Suzanne Vega about a victim of child abuse, although it is frequently interpreted as referring to spousal abuse.
- "Toward Stephen Cannell's house"
- Stephen Cannell was the producer of a number of 70s and 80s TV dramas, most notably The Rockford Files, Quincy ME, The A-Team, Baretta, Hardcastle and McCormick, etc. The joke is in keeping with the episode's repeated references to 70s TV shows of the Quinn Martin variety.
- Commercially released on DVD by Shout! Factory in July 2016 as part of Volume XXXVI, a 4-disc set along with City Limits, The Incredible Melting Man, and Riding with Death.
- The DVD includes the Ballyhoo Motion Pictures feature The Devil Down in Georgia: The Mysterious World of Film Ventures International.
|preceded by: Season 2||MST3K Season 3||followed by: Season 4|
|1991 - 1992|
|301||Cave Dwellers||1991-06-01||309||The Amazing Colossal Man||1991-08-03||317||The Saga of the Viking Women...||1991-10-26|
|302||Gamera||1991-06-08||310||Fugitive Alien||1991-08-17||318||Star Force: Fugitive Alien II||1991-11-16|
|303||Pod People||1991-06-08||311||It Conquered the World||1991-08-24||319||War of the Colossal Beast||1991-11-30|
|304||Gamera vs Barugon||1991-06-22||312||Gamera vs Guiron||1991-09-07||320||The Unearthly||1991-12-14|
|305||Stranded in Space||1991-06-29||313||Earth vs the Spider||1991-09-14||321||Santa Claus Conquers/Martians||1991-12-21|
|306||Time of the Apes||1991-07-13||314||Mighty Jack||1991-09-21||322||Master Ninja I||1992-01-11|
|307||Daddy-O (episode)||1991-07-20||315||Teenage Cave Man||1991-11-09||323||The Castle of Fu Manchu||1992-01-18|
|308||Gamera vs Gaos||1991-07-27||316||Gamera vs Zigra||1991-10-19||324||Master Ninja II||1992-01-25|